It’s time for Ringside Logic to bestow our “Best of the Year” honors. 2021 will go down as an unforgettable year in professional wrestling for both good and bad reasons. Let’s focus on the good aspects of the industry, which consisted of action-packed matches, wild angles, and paradigm-shifting events in and out of the ring. Here is our pick for the 2021 Women’s Wrestler of the Year.
Women’s Wrestler of the Year: Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D.
The women’s category for “Wrestler of the Year” was highly competitive. However, there can only be one. Utami Hayashishita (Stardom) gets the bronze medal spot on the podium, and Bianca Belair (WWE) picks up the silver medal. The top spot for 2021 goes to Dr. Britt Baker DMD. (AEW).
When AEW named their four pillars, fans immediately asked, “What about Britt Baker?” She can talk the talk and walk the walk in a star-making fashion that separates herself from the pack. The Good Doctor was consistently one of AEW’s best overall performers in 2021.
Baker’s Light’s Out Match with Thunder Rosa had many calling the bloody affair match of the year. Baker pinned Hikaru Shida to become the AEW Women’s World Champion at Double or Nothing. It was Baker’s time, and she capitalized on the moment to the nth degree.
All Out hosted a great Baker/Statlander match where Baker not only retained the title but popped the crowd by hitting a Panama Sun Rise. The move on its own is impressive enough, but the motive behind it teased the arrival of her real-life partner, Adam Cole.
Baker not only headlined the inaugural episode of AEW Rampage in her hometown of Pittsburg, now rechristened “Brittsburg,” she also the promotion’s highest attended show, Grand Slam.
Britt Baker is a cool heel that fans love to cheer. However, she often gets the fans to boo her until they snap out of it and reverse course. Baker getting diehard fans so engaged they forget where they are, even her a little bit, speaks to her talents in the modern wrestling landscape and beyond.
Honorable Mentions: Bianca Belair, Utami Hayashishita, Thunder Rosa, Deonna Purrazzo, Raquel Gonzalez, Mandy Rose, Io Shirai, Serena Deeb, Charlotte Flair.